Uber is heavily used in Colombo airport as well as Colombo city and if you've never used it before, we give you your 1st ride for free using this link.To go to Kandy, Nuwara Elya or Ella, just take the train: the landscapes are stunning, tickets are cheap and it is an amazing adventure.
They recently announced they would do everything to prevent LGBT rights from being introduced in Sri Lanka.
Tourism and Christian Affairs Minister John Amaratunga said that both he and Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, would ensure such rights would not be introduced in the new constitution.
I’ve not heard of anyone ever being convicted under sections 365 or 365A. For example they target places gays use to meet like parks, beaches and public toilets and frighten them into paying a bribe, sometimes physically assaulting them. Many of my gay friends have married women to relieve them from family pressure, but in doing so they create more problems resulting in divorce, fleeing the country and in more extreme cases, suicides.
Once I witnessed an assault by a group of three tuk tuk drivers in Colombo victimising a transgender. Even in the UK this is a common problem amongst some Asian communities.
As foreigners in Sri Lanka, we had a lovely time, completely trouble free and found the locals to be very friendly, kind-hearted people.
But as we found in the Maldives, as foreigners, we will always enjoy a different level of treatment, whether straight or gay.At school it was decided we had to use see through bags for a period of time for security.When travelling on public transport there was an intense paranoia and everyone suspected everyone of being a suicide bomber.My friends have faced such bitter experience for being “out”, particularly in rural areas.Another friend came out to his family and his father had a heart attack when he found out.Funny Boy is a Sri Lankan book Stefan grew up with and loved (written by Shyam Selvadurai and highly recommended to any LGBT traveller visiting Sri Lanka).